Pamela Newell recently relocated to Connecticut from Montreal where she was a vital member of the dance community as choreographer, performer, educator and writer for nearly twenty years. For more than ten years she toured the world as a dancer then rehearsal director for Compagnie Marie Chouinard. Pam’s teaching engagements have included Concordia University (Montreal), Université du Québec à Montréal and Harvard University. As well, she has taught master classes at Connecticut, Kenyon and Middlebury Colleges, and at festivals around the globe. Pam is a certified Laban Movement Analyst and holds a Master’s Degree from the Université du Québec à Montréal. She is currently on the dance and theater faculties at New Haven’s Educational Center for the Arts.
Class Description: The class starts on the floor with exercises that aim to awaken core support as a motor for the whole body. Once the core is engaged, the floorwork moves into releasing and sequencing, taking advantage of the floor as a supportive partner to absorb and redirect unnecessary muscular tension and to offer diverse movement possibilities. Standing center work pursues traditional and non-traditional movement vocabulary and focuses on directing the body in its relationship to gravity. The class culminates with explorations of challenging physical and rhythmic choreographed material.